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Finished Nursery

Posted in Creative Reuse, Upcycled Forest Nursery with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2012 by Lax Cat Creations

The nursery is finished!

Well actually it was finished about 4 1/2 months ago, in time for Ansel’s arrival, but I am just now getting around to write about it. I am so pleased with how it turned out. There is a lot going on but that is how I tend to decorate. I get going and want every part of the room to be special. At least I know visual stimulation is NOT something Ansel will lack!

I also like that many elements in this room are appropriate for when he’s older as well. (Where the Wild Things Are, anyone?) This room also works for a child of either gender. Heck, I would put half of this stuff in my own bedroom.

Click picture to see the panorama full size.

Here I am, so glad to be finished with this room and so ready to have the baby. Four months later I have yet to look that well-rested!


Revamped Nursery Dresser / Changing Table

Posted in Creative Reuse, Tutorials, Upcycled Forest Nursery with tags , , , , , on April 15, 2012 by Lax Cat Creations

I had been looking on Craigslist for several weeks for a cheap dresser for the nursery. Even better than cheap, I eventually found this one for free! It looked nearly perfect on the Craigslist picture so Tom and I rushed across town in the dark and the rain to snatch it.  It turned out to be in worse condition than I had anticipated. The entire backboard was wet and had an old musty smell. It was so wet I could just tear it off with my hands. The front had a nail polish spill that affected 5 of the 10 drawers and several of the drawers were falling apart and needed mechanical repair. Needless to say, Tom was a bit disheartened at this realization and mentioned something about me filling up his mid-thirties with projects…

Here is the dresser before.

Tom replaced the backboard with a new piece of plywood for around $11 at Home Depot. (Tip: they will cut it to size for you if you ask!)

I tried to no avail to gently scrape/pick the nail polish off of the drawers.

I read numerous online tips for removing it without damaging the wood.

All of the techniques I read and tried were very time consuming and didn’t work too well.

I ended up just deciding to lightly sand the drawers and take the risk that the Cherry wood stain I had on hand would match.

This is one of the beautiful things about free furniture, if you totally mess it up,  you really haven’t lost much!


   I had previously picked up two(used) wood stains,Cherry and Red Mahogany at the ReStore for only $0.25 each.

The Cherry was a perfect match!

I also painted the top and the knobs to match the nursery colors…

Here is the finished project! I have to say, it turned out even better than I had expected.

Sustainability tip: If you end up buying new wood, like my plywood, look for the FSC (Forest Sustainability Council) label.